In my work on artisanal gold mining I have studied the labour process and the regulation of labour markets in Congolese gold mines. Current changes in global gold mining – with the increasing presence of TNCs relying on skilled and subcontracted labour and the increasing mechanization of artisanal mining – are also transforming local labour markets. In a workshop organized by dr. Boris Verbrugge in September 2016, such issues were discussed.
I have convened a panel on ‘Labour (markets) in extractive industries’ at the European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 2017) in Basel, 29 June- 1 July 2017. At ECAS 2019 I convened a panel – together with Benjamin Rubbers and Robert Pijpers – on ‘Labour and capital in African mineral production networks’.